Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to 2018!

We will be swimming every day for the first 6 weeks of Term 1. Please ensure your children’s clothes, togs and towel are clearly named. Waterproof swimming bags are available to purchase from the office.

Community 6 and 7’s swimming time is 12.20pm – 1.20pm. We walk down to the pool at 11.50am.

Your child will continue to bring reading books home Monday – Thursday. Please read with your child each night to reinforce their learning at school and ensure these books are returned the following day in your child’s reading folder. It is important you read with them each night to give them the mileage to be able to work out tricky words and to understand what they are reading. Each Friday your child will bring home their Poetry book This is a great resource to continue to reinforce their learning during the weekend.

Please feel free to contact me on my school email or come in and have a chat.



Things you can be doing at home to help your children:


  • Reading school reading books every night, these books are designed to be read at least three times, this allows your child to over-learn the necessary words in the book to move forward with their reading. These are read twice at school; once in a guided group with the teacher and once directly after, with a buddy. This means the third time should be with you.
  • Memory games with sight word cards. You can make sight word cards from cut up cereal boxes and add on words you child is struggling with in their book/s. If you would like a list of some words for their reading level, I am more than happy to send one home.
  • Playing I-Spy. This helps your child with their letter/sound associations. Letter/sound associations are vital for your child’s writing.
  • Writing about family trips and events, doing science experiments and writing about them.



  • Skip counting objects around the house and when on outings. Practising in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  •  Make their learning meaningful, using real-life experiences for counting and addition. For example, “If I have 5 peanuts and you have 8 peanuts, how many do we have altogether?”
  • Read the time with them beginning with o’clock and half past, have conversations about what they do at certain times, for example, bedtime, eating times, bath/shower times.
  • Speak using positional language, such as, under, over, through, on, in, in front, behind.